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Nemo's Bar & Grill Restaurant
1384 Michigan Ave. (Eighth St.)
Detroit, MI 48226
313-965-3180 |

It used to be a family could stop for a meal here, then walk to Tiger Stadium for a baseball game. Sadly, the Tigers have moved to Comerica Park on the other side of downtown, but Nemo's now arranges buses to the games, as well as to Lions football, Red Wings hockey games, and other major concert and entertainment events. Customers appreciate that kind of service, as well as one of the better burgers in town. The antique-y setting, sports memorabilia-laden décor and completely unpretentious atmosphere have been a winning combination for years under the Springstead family. The menu also includes other basics like chili and homemade soups, and throwbacks like liverwurst sandwiches. Sports fans continue to flock to what is a true Detroit classic.

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Grub Street Los Angeles 

Now that we have bagels from Brooklyn, tacos from Chicago, and Chinese food from San Francisco, maybe it's time for Detroit to get in on our rapidly growing sausage party. Coming this May to Sunset Blvd., across the street from The Whiskey, Coney Dog is bringing Detroit-style hot dogs, burgers, fries, craft beer, and for true Motor City madmen, bottles of Faygo, to West Hollywood. Yes, this is basically a little like Sonny McClean's Bostonian refuge, only with Detroit exiles in mind. So, what's with the name?

The business seeks to provide a den of nostalgia for those missing Michigan's Greek-influenced American Coney Island hot dogs. The popular special here is usually a chili dog and Coney's Facebook page shows the gang preparing to take on Tommy's with one of their own. Good luck guys. After all, even though we have enough regional transplant action for a few years, who isn't rooting for Detroit?

Coney Dog, 8873 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood.
Meet the 'New' Motor City
Once-Insular City's Business Climate Warms to Outsiders -- and Green Shoots Are Starting to Show

David Kiley
Advertising Age

On a recent morning at Zuma's Coffee Shop, an independently owned joint in the affluent Detroit suburb of Birmingham, a man in his mid 40s wearing jeans and a casual shirt sits in a windowless alcove hunched over his iPad, a BlackBerry on the table and a briefcase at his side. It's about 38 degrees, warm enough to melt the stubborn March snow cleaving to the roadsides -- sweater weather at worst for a native Michigander. Yet the man is clad in a down coat even inside the café.

It's Joel Ewanick, GM's global marketing chief, on the job in Detroit for 10 months and no Michigan native, having left the more seasonable climes of Southern California at Hyundai, with a brief stop at Nissan in Nashville, Tenn., before accepting a move to Detroit that he had previously resisted.

Mr. Ewanick comes to this often empty alcove at Zuma's "to get some work done and to think," he said, before making the 25-mile trek from his home in Bloomfield Hills south to General Motors' glass and steel edifice on the Detroit River. Mr. Ewanick, who went from having only marketing responsibility for GM's North American operation to the whole world two months ago, said he often tries to stay outside the office -- known as "the tubes" around Detroit because of the multiple-cylinders configuration of the building -- and has to ration his meetings "or the important work is not going to get done."

That important work is marketing the post-bankruptcy GM that is still 40% owned by the U.S. Treasury. That job, and that of reshaping the new Chrysler and surging Ford, is increasingly being done by newcomers and outsiders such as Mr. Ewanick who are re-energizing the "new" Detroit, where creative green shoots are once again springing up. Among them at GM: CEO Daniel Akerson from the Carlyle Group; North American marketing head Chris Perry from Hyundai; Goodby Silverstein & Partners CEO Jeff Goodby, who has been leading Chevrolet creative since last summer; and Chairman Pat Fallon of Fallon Worldwide, Minneapolis, which now handles Cadillac. Also new to town: Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and chief marketer Olivier Francois from Italian automaker Fiat; Chrysler agencies Wieden & Kennedy and Richards Group from Oregon and Texas, respectively. And perhaps most prominently, Ford CEO Alan Mulally from Boeing Co. and his chief global marketing executive, James Farley, from Toyota.

"There is still a lot of money here," said Toby Barlow, chief creative officer at Team Detroit, who is speaking at Ad Age's Idea Detroit Conference this week. "The auto companies are back, and they have some of the biggest budgets, and good people and good ideas and creativity will come to where the money is." Mr. Barlow himself is an outsider who arrived almost five years ago from New York and San Francisco before that.

Some of the outsiders are laying down roots; some are transient. Mr. Barlow, for example, lives in Lafayette Park in downtown Detroit and is a frequent megaphone of creative possibilities and business opportunities around the city. He also published a novel, "Sharp Teeth," in 2008, which is being developed into a movie by "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle.

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 Navy Names Littoral Combat Ships Milwaukee and Detroit
U.S Department of Defense

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday that the next two Freedom-class littoral combat ships (LCS) to be built in Wisconsin will be named the USS Milwaukee and the USS Detroit.

These two ships are part of a dual block buy of LCS class ships announced by Mabus in December 2010.  By procuring both versions of the LCS – Lockheed Martin’s semiplaning monohull and General Dynamic’s aluminum trimaran – the Navy can stabilize the LCS program and the industrial base with an award of 20 ships; increase ship procurement rate to support operational requirements; sustain competition through the program; and enhance foreign military sales opportunities.  Both designs meet the Navy’s LCS requirement.  However, the diversity provided by two designs provides operational flexibility.

Milwaukee and Detroit will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters.  A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

The Milwaukee and Detroit will be 378 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 57 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and will make speed in excess of 40 knots.

Construction of Milwaukee and Detroit will be by a Lockheed Martin led industry team in Marinette, Wis.

The selection of Milwaukee, designated LCS 5, honors the city’s citizens and their continued support to our nation’s military.  Milwaukee has been a city of national pride since its official founding in 1846.  This makes the sixth ship to bear the city’s name.

The selection of Detroit, designated LCS 7, honors the citizens of the Motor City and their ongoing patriotic spirit and military support.  Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River in the state of Michigan.  It was founded on July 24, 1701.  Detroit is the seventh ship to bear the city’s name.

Bastone Brewery Raises a Pint to You at Irishfest

Irishfest has come to Bastone Brewery. It is the time of year when craft-brew fans and foodies will toast a limited edition pint glass – filled with Bastone’s award-winning brew – to a mouthwatering menu of seasonal specials to welcome spring.

Irishfest, March 7-31, 2011
Bastone Brewery
419 S. Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan


Irishfest features the following special menu items for a limited time:

Smoked Salmon Mousse: House smoked salmon is blended with cream and spices and served alongside crackers and traditional accompaniments. $7.95

Baked Boursin Cheese: Herbed cream cheese baked with housemade tomato sauce, baked crostini points and olive tapenade. $8.50

Shepherd’s Pie: In true Irish style, this dish features braised ground beef, carrots, onions and rutabaga topped with duchess potatoes that are baked until golden. $14

Braised Lamb Shanks: Slow cooked imported lamb shanks are braised in ale sauce with bubble and squeak (also known as cabbage and potatoes). $18

Dublin Bay Pasta: Shrimp, Scallops and lobster are featured in a dill cream and served over linguine. $18.95

Jameson Chicken: Pan seared chicken breast served in Irish whiskey and grain mustard sauce with Irish potatoes and seasonal vegetables. $15.95   


Bastone’s Irishfest also features beer specials for the craft-brew fan. Limited edition Irishfest pint glass are just $4 while they last. Refills are just $3 through March 20. (Please note Bastone has now sold out of the glasses).
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Hall of Fame 2011: Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond Get Irreverent
'My kids, I paid for their dental bills, and now I pay for their kids' dental bills,' Diamond jokes

Rolling Stone

If the first half of Monday's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction struck a note of awe and reverence, its second half, kicking off with an appropriately raucous and randy performance by Alice Cooper, was a bit more irreverent.

Cooper, who was joined in his performance both by Rob Zombie and a small pack of school children – all of them wearing stage makeup like Cooper's – celebrated the group's abiding spirit of immaturity. "I hope I never outgrow a Pete Townsend windmill chord," he said. "I hope I never outgrow a Jeff Beck lead guitar. I wish I could tell you that being in the Hall now, we'll never embarrass you, but I really can't make that promise. After all, we are Alice Cooper. It's what we do." He took those musings even further in the press room. "I kept thinking, 'Who will be the first band kicked out of the Hall of Fame"?" he joked. "And then I thought, 'Gee, that could be us!'" He praised his inductor Rob Zombie, saying "Rob gets it – horror and music and comedy, all of them in bed together. There aren't too many people who understand that."

Tom Waits was similarly wry, recalling how, at age 15, he'd snuck in to see Lightnin' Hopkins by putting "Wite-Out in my hair and drawing on a moustache," and comparing his induction to receiving the key to the city of El Paso. "They told me there was only one," he said, "but I found out there were a whole bunch of then, and they didn't open anything. So I hope there are some fringe benefits to this baby."

Elton John brought a moment of sweetness, recalling how rediscovering Leon Russell's music on a recent vacation moved him so deeply that he called Russell out of the blue, a conversation that resulted in their 2010 collaboration The Union. A deeply-moved Russell gave the evening's shortest acceptance speech, saying "About a year ago, Elton came and found me in a ditch at the side of the highway and he took me up to the hospital and treated me like a king."

Neil Diamond, who took the podium after a 25-hour flight from Australia, extemporized daffily, providing the evening's loopiest patter. "Where the hell am I?" he joked. "What are we doing here?" He took repeated shots at the audience members at the tables on the floor ("The $3,000 seats," he called them) turning his attention instead to his fans in the balcony. Since he hadn't prepared a speech, he instead embarked on a string of hilarious non sequitirs. He spent minutes on end praising presenter Paul Simon's upcoming record before admitting, "I can’t remember the title. It's a tough album title, Paul." He then asked Simon for $100 for the endorsement. "My kids, I love my kids, I paid for their dental bills, and now I pay for their kids' dental bills," he went on, concluding with, "I'm flying back tomorrow to Sydney fucking Australia. Because they love me there, and I'm gonna keep coming back until they stop loving me."
Mayor Dave Bing during his address last week to Detroit area business leaders said he believes young, talented, creative people are very important to the city’s future growth; and today he took those comments a step further with an endorsement of the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit, April 6 and 7, 2011.

“I am very pleased to have the Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference being held in Detroit next month,” said Mayor Bing.  “Creative people and businesses are vital to post-industrial cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.  We will all benefit from the ideas that emerge from Rust Belt to Artist Belt III because creative individuals are doers; they put their ideas in motion. 

“If you look around Detroit today you can see how artists, designers, architects, and other innovative thinkers are making a positive impact on the physical and economic landscape of our city.  They are opening new businesses, erecting art installations for the community to enjoy, and finding new uses for old structures.  Creative people are helping to revive Detroit and I fully encourage it.”

Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference is to explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals with regards to entrepreneurialism, economic and community development, and land use.  It is being hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in partnership with ArtServe Michigan and Techtown.  The Rust Belt to Artist Belt III Conference is being sponsored by The Kresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation of New York City.

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About Detroit Creative Corridor Center
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center ("DC3") is an entity supported by Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies whose vision is to establish Detroit as a global center of creative business, creative innovation and creative talent. Visit  
The Detroit Revialization Fellows Program is designed to attract, develop and retain promising young professionals who will help lead the economic revitalization and development of Detroit. This talent pool is being cultivated in order to build the capacity of public, for-profit, nonprofit and quasi-public organizations, including Detroit’s anchor institutions. The Detroit Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for those looking to build a career in the fields of economic and business development, real estate and urban planning. It is also an outstanding opportunity to be a key contributor to the transformation of Detroit... to creating the Detroit of tomorrow.

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is modeled after the successful Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowships launched in 2007 in New Orleans.  That program, administered by the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, enabled key redevelopment organizations in New Orleans to recruit qualified professionals from across the country to work on the rebuilding process there.

Full-time employment for a minimum of two years, working on initiatives that will turn the vision for Detroit into reality.

Each Detroit Fellow will be working in various project management and leadership roles as an employee of one of the organizations actively shaping the Detroit of Tomorrow.

During the first phase, the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program will include up to 25 mid-career professionals working with a variety of local organizations. Organizations that have agreed to employ Fellows include the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, the City of Detroit, the University Cultural Center Association, NextEnergy, and the Woodward Corridor Initiative. A special effort is also being made to build capacity in a variety of other community development organizations across the city.

Organizations interested in participating in the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program are requested to email us at:

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World's Most Underrated Cities
Jennifer Chen, Donna Heiderstadt
Travel+Leisure Magazine

Sure, popular cities have their place. But if you like exploring, there's interesting stuff in the world's most underrated cities.

During his career as a model, Phillip Cooley lived in some of the great metropolises of the world. But when the Michigan native decided to lay down some roots, he chose Detroit—a city synonymous with urban blight in post-recession America. And he hasn't looked back.

Welcome to the urban underdogs—cities that aren't on the radar for most travelers. Some, like Slovakia's capital of Bratislava, might be overlooked because of their proximity to better-known cities. Others, like Detroit, can't seem to live down a bad rap. But if undiscovered art scenes, experimental cuisine, great architecture, and interesting neighborhoods are on your travel checklist, then these cities deserve a second look.

Taipei, for example, suffered for years from both obscurity and a reputation of being one of Asia's most polluted metropolises. But thanks to official efforts to crack down on car emissions, improve public transportation, and create more parks, Taiwan's capital has become one of the region's most livable cities. Meanwhile, neighborhoods such as Xinyi and Da'an districts have grown increasingly sophisticated, with refined restaurants, elegant boutiques, and eclectic cafés and bars.

In Valparaíso, Chile, residents worked with what they had—gorgeous 19th-century houses from the city's glory days as South America's most vital port. Throughout the city, you'll find painstakingly restored houses converted into restaurants, hotels, and galleries.

And then of course there's Detroit. What most people would consider as evidence of Motor City's sad decline—empty lots, abandoned houses, and disused factories—others view as unparalleled opportunities for artists, designers, and other creative types. In fact, Patti Smith and David Byrne, two of music's eternal cool kids, recently exhorted budding artists to move to Detroit, and young people are heeding their advice, moving into neighborhoods like Midtown and Woodbridge.

For a traveler, the main appeal of these neglected cities is authenticity. "You go to the Old Town in Prague, it's mostly tourists. In Bratislava, it's all locals," says Jaroslave Vitazka, a project manager for a private equity firm who has called the city home since 2002. Or, as Phillip Cooley says about Detroit: "It's real, it's honest. You can spend the day at an urban farm, and then head off to a Tigers game or the opera, just like the locals do."


A new breed of urban homesteader is helping to revive Motor City. Abandoned factories and warehouses like the Russell Industrial Center have been turned into studios for artists and artisans, while gardens now flourish in formerly vacant lots. The exuberant Heidelberg Art Project turns urban blight into a symbol of hope. Detroit's food scene, meanwhile, is taking off. Foran's Grand Trunk micropub, the Eastern Market, Supino Pizzeria, and Slows BBQ are just some of the gastronomic must-dos. Don't forget the city's museums, including the Detroit Institute of Art, home to Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" murals, and the delightful Motown Museum.

Don't Miss: If you're there on the weekend, swing by Café d'Mongo's, an antiques-filled speakeasy with live jazz that's open only Friday nights.

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With the theme of health and diet in the mix, Interactive You  is asking people to post on Facebook and Tweet what makes them "Michigan Strong". The top 3 most creative, fun, motivating responses will win a freebie. 

As we all know, times in the state of Michigan are challenging, but we remain strong! In the most creative, inspiring, humorous way possible, tell us what makes you “MI Strong” on our Facebook and/or Twitter (hashtag “#MIStrong”).
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Shifting Gears: Going Green in the Motor City

 Recycle Here

Years ago the city of Detroit was the largest city in the United States that had no city-wide recycling program. While most cities had one in place as early as the '70s, Detroit was lagging behind until Matt Naimi started 'Recycle Here', a non-for-profit grassroots organization meant to be the center of recycling in the city of Detroit. With Recycle Here's success, Naimi and partner Steve Harworth created 'Green Safe Products,' a distributor of recyclable and compostable products to restaurants and businesses. Having one of the largest stocks of compostable plates, cups, cutlery, et cetera, Green Safe has paved the way for a greener Detroit as more and more businesses use its products in an effort to be more responsible for their waste.

Photo From Detroit's Very Own Joe Hakim @ The Hungry Dudes

 Dearborn, MI: Miller's Bar

Signature Burger: Miller's Cheeseburger.

The popular no-frills burgers here have been served since the late 1940s.
23700 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124

Mon - Sat 10 am - 2 am
Grill Open 11 am - 12:30 am
Closed Sunday

Laura Vanderkam
USA Today

Henry Ford and Margarita Barry don't have much in common, but they do have this: Both have aspired to create jobs in Detroit.

Ford, of course, built Ford Motor Co., one of three car companies that dominated this city for the past century — their boom making Detroit rich, and their long bust leaving a legacy of vacant lots and an unemployment rate above the national average.

Barry, 26, grew up in their shadow but always saw another side to Detroit: an artistic and rather edgy one. So last year, she launched I Am Young Detroit, a website devoted to Detroit news and events. With new funding on the way, she'll be adding a handful of full-time and part-time positions this spring. Detroit, she says, is a great place to start a business. Real estate is cheap, and "there are so many people out there with talent, primed and ready to get back to work."

Plenty of savvy entrepreneurs are discovering the same secret. Viewed in one light, the decline of Detroit's auto industry is a tragedy for the people who depended on it. On the other, the destruction has freed up an awful lot of creative energy and resources for those willing to take a gamble. According to the Kauffman Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship, the rate of new business formation per 100,000 adults nearly doubled in Michigan from 2006 to 2009, before leveling a bit in 2010.

It's a very American story of reinvention — like Houston diversifying from oil, and Pittsburgh thriving after the steel mills left.

"Detroit is in some ways a blank slate," says Paul Chambers, whose two tech companies, Core3 Solutions and Quotegine, employ 15 people. It will take a flush of new businesses to equal the thousands of jobs lost here over the past decade, but like seedlings after a forest fire, start-ups are slowly giving this city a new look — and life.

'Fat and sassy'
It's hard to overstate just how much of Detroit's mind-share the auto industry once consumed. "We got a little bit fat and sassy with an industry that sustained us ... for 100 years," says Leslie Lynn Smith, general manager of TechTown, Wayne State University's business incubator, which is housed in an old auto building (the Corvette was designed on the third floor). Her father worked in the auto industry for years, and with the car companies paying high school grads well enough to afford homes and often vacation cottages, few bothered looking elsewhere.

Globalization destroyed that fantasy world, but the long decline that culminated in the 2009 GM and Chrysler bankruptcy reorganizations created space for new ventures. Entrepreneurs here argue that, despite lingering bureaucracy and a serious crisis in the school system, Detroit is one of the best start-up environments in the country for three reasons:

•First, space is comically cheap. Real estate listings seem to be missing a zero. Thanh Tran, founder of MentalNote, an electronic medical records software for mental health professionals, reports that he is paying $14 a square foot to rent a nice space for his company, a rate that would be hard to get elsewhere. Phil Cooley, co-owner of Slows Bar B Q — whose two locations employ 105 people — recently made a $100,000 offer for a 30,000-square-foot building, which he plans to turn into artists' studios. In New York, where you can't get 300 square feet for $100,000, his creative friends report that "they're not making art anymore — they're working four jobs," he says. Come to Detroit, and you can bartend at Slows three nights a week and use the rest of the time to make art, sell crafts on Etsy, freelance or invent the greatest new thing since the internal combustion engine. Renting a room in a big Victorian mansion runs $200 a month. Even if bank lending to small businesses isn't brisk, it's not hard to bootstrap that.

•Second, plenty of hard-working potential employees are more willing to consider small firms than in the days when everyone got a job at Ford. This includes former employees of the auto industry, and the surprising number of young professionals now living downtown. Whenever Saundra Little, an architect who specializes in green buildings, scales up for a new project, "there's a nice pool out there for me to pick from," she says. With the low cost of living, talented people also are more open to the short-term contracts that start-ups often use.

•And finally, unlike in some more cut-throat cities, those who haven't fled Detroit are eager to see risk-takers succeed — even another restaurant on the same block. "We're desperate for companionship," Cooley jokes. People buy local when they can and create two-hour lines outside Slows in nice weather. A civic spirit of us-against-the-world has neighbors turning vacant lots into urban farms and sculpture parks, and building a bike track next to a burned-out house.
New horizons

Of course, this new economy is one thing if you're well-educated. It's another if you worked the assembly line for 20 years and might not have the skills that Detroit's start-ups require.

Even in these hard cases, however, the death of one thing often leads to new opportunities. Margarita Barry takes design classes at a local college and reports that "a majority of my class is adults who worked in the auto industry for years and are starting to rebuild their lives." With stable, if boring, jobs beckoning, "people set aside their creative sides to work the assembly line." Now, "I see them exploring this other side of themselves," she says. They learn that "you can't depend on these large companies anymore." If you can't get a job, you can make a job, tapping into that creative spirit that resides in all of us — even in Detroit.

Says Cooley, "There's tremendous potential everywhere."

Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.
Kick off your weekend with The Salvation Army’s 6th annual Chili Cook-Off and family fun event for a good cause, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 24140 Mound Road, in Warren.

The sixth annual event will incorporate a chili-tasting contest, bake sale and family fun center with bounce house, games and more. The winner will be announced at 8 p.m.

Event admission is $5 and includes chili and activities. All proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Warren Corps Community Center.

Applications are currently being accepted for chili contestants. To sign up, call Ed at (586) 754-7400. Prizes include a $50 gift card for first place, $25 for second and $10 for third.
 Karen Batchelor (right) with her sister Paula and her niece Madison, age 6, outside the house where Karen    and Paula grew up in the Palmer Woods neighborhood of Detroit.

The Other Detroit: The city’s grandest enclave clings to the dream.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Atlantic Monthly

Karen Batchelor’s family moved into Palmer Woods in 1967, part of the first cadre of African Americans to integrate the affluent neighborhood on the outskirts of Detroit. They moved in December, after the long-simmering city had burst into racial violence that summer. Batchelor’s father, an internist, had witnessed Detroit’s previous race riots in 1943. Out on a date at Belle Isle—the flash point of the ’43 riots—he was injured in the melee. He had no interest in reliving the experience, so he and his wife decided to move their family out.

Their 16-year-old daughter liked her old home, and was leery of being on the vanguard of integration. But her new house helped. “I remember seeing my bedroom, and it was pink, and it had a chandelier in it,” she told me. “We came from a very lovely home. But this one had seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, a swimming pool, a cabana, and three kitchens.” By her memory, the Batchelors were the ninth black family to move into Palmer Woods, a neighborhood of nearly 300 homes. The following year, several families from her old neighborhood followed—including Karen’s best friend—and the path was set.

"I remember seeing my bedroom [for the first time], and it was pink, and it had a chandelier in it," Batchelor said.

Batchelor’s parents eventually moved from Palmer Woods, but many of her friends and neighbors did not. Indeed, Palmer Woods now sits on a census block group that, according to the most-recent available data, is 81 percent black, and it is arguably the American black elite’s most majestic enclave. When I first visited, in the fall of 2009, I was awestruck. I had seen well-heeled black neighborhoods before—the prosperous suburbs ringing Atlanta and Washington, D.C., Chatham in Chicago, Baldwin Hills in L.A. But the gates of Palmer Woods are a wormhole out of the angry city and into an opulent idyll. Sleepy curvilinear streets with names like “Strathcona Drive” and “Argyle Crescent” snake through the 188-acre hamlet and its sprawling, irregular lots. Across Seven Mile Road sits the venerable, members-only Detroit Golf Club, which remained all-white until 1986.

Even as Detroit groaned under the weight of crime, failing schools, and high taxes, Palmer Woods held steady. But the country’s financial straits, particularly the collapse of the real-estate bubble and the struggles of the Big Three automakers, were a direct assault on the region’s twin pillars: houses and cars. The neighborhood association considers approximately 15 out of its 292 homes to be in jeopardy. Problems that were once rare—crime, for instance—are cropping up, as Palmer Woods at last succumbs to the gravity of the city. As a result, those who were once excluded from the neighborhood’s vision of the American dream are now in the position of defending it.

I took my first tour of Palmer Woods on a chilly fall evening with Barbara and Spencer Barefield and their Saint Bernard, Devo. Barbara is Jewish and a native New Yorker, edits the Palmer Woods Post, and helps organize neighborhood events—block picnics, classical concerts, and home tours. Spencer is African American, a jazz guitarist and composer; like Karen Batchelor, he moved to Palmer Woods as a teenager, in the wake of the riots. Spencer’s mother still lives around the corner in the home he grew up in.

We walked outside, bundled in scarves and gloves, under a final blast of sunlight shooting across the cobalt sky. The streets were quiet, and I could have counted on one hand the cars that drove by. We passed a two-story house designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect who designed the World Trade Center. Then we stopped next door, in front of an earthy Arts and Crafts house, set at a right angle to the street, with the front entrance positioned deep into the lot. This was Clarence Darrow’s temporary home when he was summoned to the city in 1925 to defend Ossian Sweet, a black doctor who had taken up arms against white rioters who didn’t want him to move into their neighborhood. The owner was a regional bank that had foreclosed on the house after the elderly woman who lived there fell behind on her mortgage.

We walked up the driveway past a parked car to the front door, where we stopped and admired the intricate tile work on the porch. The car, Spencer explained, had been placed there by a neighbor—a scarecrow against thieves, squatters, and scrappers.

“That’s one thing about this neighborhood,” he said. “We really look out for each other.”

“We do have private security, but they’re not 24 hours,” Barbara said as we walked back to the street. “It was really bad for a while because when the bubble first burst, there were people coming in here because the price of metals has skyrocketed.”

“Copper was like the new gold,” Spencer interjected. “All these people had copper gutters. And [thieves] would come and start ripping copper off people’s houses.”

“They were pulling off copper gutters in broad daylight,” said Barbara.

“While people were in their homes,” Spencer said. “You’d hear a noise and say, ‘What is that?’ and walk outside and somebody’s pulling your gutter off. By the time the cops got there, what could they do? They’d be long gone. We’d have neighbors follow and catch the guys.”

Established in 1915, Palmer Woods was envisioned as a primeval retreat from a teeming, industrial metropolis. The developer, Charles Burton, advertised it as “a safeguard from the encroachments of commercialism,” a paradise nestled in the city’s hinterlands.

Its homes were built after the fashion of European aristocrats—châteaus with large libraries and secret passages; cottages of ashlar masonry, brick, and stucco; servants’ quarters with separate stairwells. The lords of Palmer Woods vacationed in Europe, golfed at the Detroit Golf Club, and, excepting the live-in help, excluded blacks: “Said lots shall not be sold or leased to or occupied by any person or persons other than of the Caucasian race,” read the Palmer Woods housing covenant, “but this shall not be interpreted to exclude occupancy by persons other than of the Caucasian race when such occupancy is incidental to their employment on the premises.”

When restrictive covenants were ruled unconstitutional in 1948, black families began moving in, infusing the customs of black America’s ancien régime into the ethos of old Detroit money. They pledged their children to Jack and Jill of America, joined the neighborhood association, and held potlucks and barbecues to raise money for local charities and black artists. Many had or went on to illustrious careers: Lamont Dozier was part of the popular Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland. Keith Ellison became the first Muslim congressman.

One afternoon, I visited Lorna Thomas in her English Tudor, a short walk from Seven Mile Road. Thomas’s great-great-great-uncle was the first African American in the Michigan state legislature. She proudly showed me the April 2, 1959, issue of Jet, with her on the cover clutching a test tube. “Lorna Lacen,” the caption read, using her maiden name, “Detroiter, 16, has A’s in prep subjects, takes special college courses.”

Now a dermatologist, Thomas went to Wellesley with Cokie Roberts and Nora Ephron. We sat at her kitchen bar for a spread of cranberry juice, coffee, and tea cakes. Then we took a 45-minute tour of her home. Her guest bathroom had a waterfall literally tumbling over the mirror, and an original Richard Yarde watercolor of Paul Robeson as Emperor Jones. “I did an interview for Crain’sDetroit Business about five years ago,” she told me. “The reporter came in and I said, ‘I want you to print something and I want you to print it just the way I say it: I live here because I chose to be in Detroit. I am not stuck. I could be anywhere I want.’”

Upper-middle-class survivalists such as Thomas consider residency in Palmer Woods a political act. As Elliott Hall, another resident I spoke with, put it, “Every advantage I received in my life came out of the city of Detroit.” Hall’s family had originally come up from Alabama and Arkansas to live in Black Bottom, the childhood home of Joe Louis and storied epicenter of black Detroit, lost to urban renewal in the 1950s and ’60s. His family migrated westward with the years, following the retreat of white Detroiters. Now Hall stays with his son on Palmer Woods’ Lucerne Drive. “I got my grade-school and law-school education in Detroit. I sat on every nonprofit board in the city. And there are a number of other folks who feel the same way. And they’re willing to deal with crime and everything that goes along with it. It’s not like we’re saying, ‘We’ve had enough, we’re out of here.’ … We always have to believe things are going to turn around in a city that we love so much.”

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On Location Vacations

George Clooney, who has been filming in Cincinnati for the last several weeks, will continue filming Ides of March in and around Detroit through the beginning of April. Clooney, who is directing the movie, also stars in the film, along with Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright and Max Minghella.

Thanks to an insider working on the movie, we have the complete filming schedule, including locations around Detroit and Ann Arbor. Here’s a look at the schedule ( FYI: there are no shooting times are available at this point):

Monday, March 7:

Colony Club (Clooney, Gosling, Hoffman, Tomei, & others)

Cliffs Bells (Hoffman & Tomei)

Tuesday, March 8:

Cliffs Bells

Wednesday, March 9:
Cliffs Bells

Thursday, March 10:

600 Randolph (Courthouse) (Giamatti)

1253 Woodward

Friday, March 11:

1253 Woodward

Monday, March 14:

Miller Theater (Arthur Miller Theater, University of Michigan) (Gosling, Clooney, Hoffman, Wood)

Tuesday, March 15:

Power Center (University of Michigan) (Gosling, Clooney, Hoffman, Wood)

Wednesday, March 16:

Power Center (University of Michigan)

Thursday, March 17:

League Ballroom (UM) (Clooney, Gosling & others)

League Kalamazoo

Friday, March 18:

635 W 14 Mile (Gosling & Stearn)

Monday, March 21:

Christ Church

Tuesday, March 22:

393 Martell (Hoffman)

271 Lone Pine Rd (looks like both of these locations are in Bloomfield Hills)

Wednesday, March 23:

Roberts Hotel (Gosling & Wood)

Thursday, March 24:

Roberts Hotel

Friday, March 25:

Roberts Hotel (also filming at Roberts on Saturday, but this may be referring to overnight Friday)

Monday, March 28:

Roberts Hotel

Tuesday, March 29:

Roberts Hotel

Wednesday, March 30:

1263 Griswold

Thursday, March 31:

1263 Griswold

Friday, April 1:

1263 Griswold

Monday, April 4:

They are likely continuing at 1263 Griswold, which is filling in as Morris (Clooney’s character) Campaign Headquarters, but this is TBD.

Tuesday, April 5:

They are likely continuing at 1263 Griswold, which is filling in as Morris (Clooney’s character) Campaign Headquarters, but this is TBD.

Wednesday, April 6:

Gem Theater (Gosling & Clooney)

Thursday, April 7:

660 Woodward

Marilyn’s Place

Grace & Wild Studio (may be here on Friday too, still TBD)

100 Things to Watch in 2011

JWT’s Annual List Includes Beer Sommeliers, F-Commerce and Objectifying Objects

JWT, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand, today released its list of 100 Things to Watch in 2011.

“Many of the items on our list reflect broader shifts we’ve been tracking over the past few years, such as the evolution of the mobile phone into an ‘everything hub,’” says Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at JWT. “Others reflect counter-trends—for instance, to balance out our growing immersion in the digital world, people will increasingly embrace face-to-face gatherings and digital downtime.”

Many of JWT’s Things to Watch are technology-centric, with smart infrastructure ramping up, the rise of tablets for tots and some truly futuristic-seeming developments (3D printing, virtual mirrors, electronic profiling). Things to Watch for online will include a growth in Facebook commerce, apps beyond mobile and more social browsers.

The people on the list—from pop culture, sports, architecture, fashion and other sectors—have the potential to drive or shape trends in the near future.

JWT’s 100 Things to Watch in 2011, unranked and in alphabetical order (full descriptions of each can be found in the “2011 and beyond” section of

1.    3D Printing
2.    Africa’s Middle Class
3.    Apps Beyond Mobile
5.    Auto Apps
6.    Automatic Check-Ins
7.    Bamboo
8.    Bank Branch Out
9.    Banner Ads Do More
10.    Beer Sommeliers
11.    Biomimicry
12.    Bjarke Ingels
13.    Brazil as E-Leader
14.    Breaking the Book
15.    Brigadeiro
16.    “Buy One, Give One Away”
17.    CAPTCHA Advertising
18.    Children’s E-Books
19.    Coming Clean with Green
20.    Costlier Cotton
21.    Culinary Calling Cards
22.    Decline of the Cash Register
23.    Deforestation Awareness
24.    Detroit
25.    Digital Downtime
26.    Digital Etiquette
27.    Digital Indoor Maps
28.    Digital Interventions
29.    East London Tech City
30.    E-Book Sharing
31.    Electronic Profiling
32.    Entrepreneurial Journalism
33.    Facebook Alternatives
34.    Fashion Fast-Forward
35.    F-Commerce
36.    Food, Ph.D.
37.    Gay-Centric Hotels
38.    Global Disease, Refocused
39.    Green Luxury Cars
40.    Group-Manipulated Pricing
41.    Heirloom Apples
42.    Home Energy Monitors
43.    Ignorance Is Bliss
44.    In the Flesh
45.    Jennifer Lawrence
46.    London Tourism
47.    Long-Form Content
48.    Matcha
49.    mHealth
50.    Michael Jackson Lives On
51.    Micro-Businesses
52.    Mobile Blogging
53.    Mobile Memes
54.    The Nail Polish Economy
55.    Nanobrewers
56.    Near Field Communication
57.    The New Mobility Industry
58.    New Nordic Cuisine
59.    Next-Generation Documentarians
60.    Neymar
61.    NKOTBSB
62.    Objectifying Objects
63.    Odyssey Trackers
64.    Older Workforce
65.    The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
66.    Pedro Lourenço
67.    Personal Taste Graphs
68.    Piers Morgan
69.    Pogo
70.    P-to-P Car Sharing
71.    Rooney Mara
72.    Rum
73.    Rye Rye
74.    Ryo Ishikawa
75.    Scanning Everything
76.    Self-Powering Devices
77.    Smart Lunchrooms
78.    Smart-Infrastructure Investment
79.    Smartphone Cameras Take Over
80.    Smoking on the Fringe
81.    Social Browsers Go Mainstream
82.    Social Networking Surveillance
83.    Social Objects
84.    Space Travel Goes Private
85.    Storied Products
86.    Stricter Green Building Standards
87.    Tablets for Tots
88.    Tap-to-Pay
89.    Tech Liaisons
90.    Tech-Enabled Throwbacks
91.    Temporary Tattoos Go High-End
92.    Tintin the Movie
93.    Transmedia Producers
94.    Tube-Free Toilet Paper
95.    Ukraine
96.    Urban Industrial Parks
97.    Video Calling
98.    Virtual Mirrors
99.    Voice-Activated Apps
100.    YouTube the Broadcaster

About JWT
JWT is the world’s best-known marketing communications brand. Headquartered in New York, JWT is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals.

JWT consistently ranks among the top agency networks in the world and continues its dominant presence in the industry by staying on the leading edge—from producing the first-ever TV commercial in 1939 to developing award-winning branded content for brands such as Freixenet, Ford and HSBC.

JWT’s pioneering spirit enables the agency to forge deep relationships with clients including Bayer, Bloomberg, Cadbury, Diageo, DTC, Ford, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nokia, Rolex, Royal Caribbean, Schick, Shell, Unilever, Vodafone and many others. JWT’s parent company is WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY).